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Mitsubishi Rayon to Manufacture MMA in Saudi Arabia and U.S.A.

On June 16, Mitsubishi Rayon announced it is constructing a new MMA (methyl methacrylate monomer) factory (annual production capacity about 250 thousand tons) in the U.S. jointly with Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

The factory is scheduled to start operation in 2018. On June 26, Mitsubishi Rayon further announced it is constructing an MMA factory (annual production capacity about 250 thousand tons of MMA and 40 thousand tons of PMMA) in Saudi Arabia jointly with SABIC and the operation is scheduled to start in mid-2017.

MMA is a raw material for acrylate resin that is highly transparent and impact-resistant and is used for construction materials, water tanks, lighting covers, lamps for automobiles or display windows for cell phones as a substitute for conventional glass.

Mitsubishi Rayon is the world’s No. 1 producer of MMA monomer. Since demand for this material is expected to continue expanding, the company is rapidly setting up strategic global supply bases with its advanced MMA production technology, using low cost raw materials such as ethylene derived from shale gas in the US and gas in Saudi Arabia.
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, its parent company, is steadily proceeding with its worldwide strategy.